Changes to IAVCEI Membership
|The reasons, implications and benefits|
From the beginning of 2012 compulsory IAVCEI membership fees will be abolished. One advantage of this will be to encourage many people who previously did not join IAVCEI for financial reasons, to now join, so increasing the size of the IAVCEI community. To put this into perspective, IAVCEI has about 800 paid-up members. However, many other people regularly attend IAVCEI conferences, but have not joined IAVCEI, and volcano-listserve, the email news service maintained by Arizona State University, has an international mailing list of about 2,800 people. This means that at least 2,000 volcanologists or interested people, who receive weekly information about volcanic matters, are not members of IAVCEI, which is disappointing given that we are the only international volcanological learned society.
IUGG, with which IAVCEI is affiliated (and through which IAVCEI was formed), has a policy that the eight member associations of IUGG cannot charge a compulsory membership fee. Other associations do not, but IAVCEI has done so to maintain its finances to be able support the large number of programs that it manages. However, we must now comply, and given the very difficult global financial situation, it is a good time to abolish the compulsory fees, helping those in difficulty to maintain their connection with IAVCEI. However, as a consequence we must now seek an alternative means of generating annual income for IAVCEI to compensate from the lost income from abolition of compulsory fees.
Most of IAVCEI’s activities (e.g. providing seed money to organisers of IAVCEI conferences and workshops, commission activities, funding to support attendance at conferences for students and scientists in need, research grants, awards, maintaining its website, etc) depend on IAVCEI receiving an income. Presently, the two principal sources of IAVCEI’s income are IAVCEI membership fees, and a grant from IUGG, which is dependent on the number of IAVCEI delegates who attend IUGG General Assemblies, (which are similar in diversity to AGU and EGU conferences). If IAVCEI loses income from compulsory membership fees, without finding an alternative source of income, we will no longer be able to support many of the activities that we currently do.
The executive committee has decided to replace the lost membership income in two ways. First, we will invite people in the IAVCEI community to become voluntary Donor Members, which will provide some personal benefits, as outlined below. We hope that all current IAVCEI members will continue to contribute financially to IAVCEI in this way, considering it to be a worthwhile contribution to supporting the activities of our international learned society.
Secondly, as with most other international conferences, at future IAVCEI conferences an abstract fee will be charged. The fee will be about 30 Euros per abstract (depending of currency exchange rates) and this will be transferred to IAVCEI by the conference organisers. This is a small amount relative to the overall registration fees for conferences. For comparison, AGU charges an abstract fee of US70 per abstract (~ 54 Euros), and EGU a fee of 40 Euros per abstract. In this way the burden of supporting IAVCEI financially no longer falls only on those people who pay the membership fee, but on all people who attend IAVCEI conferences and benefit from them.
In addition, to boost IAVCEI membership, so making it more international and inclusive, in future, everyone attending a IAVCEI conference will automatically become a member of IAVCEI when they register for the conference, and will have the option of becoming a regular member (free membership) or a donor member. Unlike AGU conferences, which require all delegates to become members and pay a membership fee of US$20, it will not be compulsory to pay a membership fee to become a member of IAVCEI, but the committee hopes that many people will decide to become Donor Members. For IAVCEI, this automatic membership will mean people become engaged with IAVCEI and its activities. Thereafter they will regularly receive information about all future IAVCEI activities, and enjoy the other benefits of being a IAVCEI member.
* Benefits of being an IAVCEI member
There are many benefits to being a member of IAVCEI because volcanology is a truly international and inter-disciplinary research field, and IAVCEI is the only international learned society or association for volcanology. It is a great vehicle for networking internationally with colleagues who have related interests, or if you are a research student or early career researcher, for beginning to develop your scientific network, and your international profile as a research scientist in one of the many volcanological disciplines.
Secondly, IAVCEI Scientific Assemblies, General Assemblies and Cities on Volcanoes conferences, and the workshops of its Research Commissions and Working Groups are truly international, attended by leading research scientists from all over the world. They are held at different international locations each time, always in proximity to important volcanic provinces. This allows members to participate in major conferences at fantastic locations all over the world, enjoying a great diversity of cutting edge research symposia and workshops by the world’s leading scientists, but also to visit the nearby volcanic provinces and benefit from those field experiences.
In addition, NON-DONOR MEMBERS will:
DONOR MEMBERS will receive all the above benefits, and in addition:
In circumstances where focus groups that are not existing commissions or working groups, would like to organize a once-only meeting or workshop, and would like to apply for IAVCEI seed money, the leaders at least should first become IAVCEI members, or donor members, and if possible, seek involvement of one or more donor members in submitting their proposal to IAVCEI.
Membership categories from 2012 onwards
From the beginning of 2012, the following categories of membership will apply. For clarification, the current IAVCEI Statutes and By-Laws (available from the IAVCEI website) refer to members as used here, as “affiliates”. The Statutes will be changed in the future to use the more familiar term “members”.
In the new structure, the committee has decided to include a specific “Young Researcher” membership category, to make it clear that research students and early career researchers are highly encouraged to become involved in IAVCEI, and that it is not just an association for older, established scientists.
For current members who have already paid for 4-year membership, or life membership, those payments will be valid in the new structure, but they become donor members. Life members are not expected to pay their life membership again, unless of course they feel magnanimous and they want to pay for more than one life membership!
The full list of membership categories and the donation amounts that apply to the various donor membership categories are listed below:
• Young Researcher Member (non-donor)
• Young Researcher Donor Member
• Regular Member (non-donor)
• Regular Donor Member
• Life Donor Member
• Benefactor and Life Donor Member
• Organisational Donor Member
How to become an IAVCEI member
1) Simply, select choose between the two existing categories and fill the form:
2) Pay the membership you have marked in the form. Both on-line and bank transfer payments are possible.
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Donor Members will be sent by e-mail a membership card that entitles you as IAVCEI Donor member. The Bulletin of Volcanology must be ordered and paid at the IAVCEI website (click here) and it will then be mailed to you by the publisher, Springer-Verlag.
IAVCEI encourages groups of people from individual countries to send their remittances as a single payment, together with their individual membership application forms.